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  • Cleanup complete after tanker ruptures on Graefenburg Road

    A spill that dumped estimated 1,000 gallons of gasoline into Jerry and Lisa Hughes’ front yard when a tanker truck left the road and smashed into a tree last Tuesday on Graefenburg Road was largely cleaned up by Thursday.

    A team from Southern Environmental Services out of Bowling Green was at the wreck site Wednesday and had already dug up an estimated 600 tons of dirt that was saturated with gasoline.

  • Tipton favors relief for clerks on same-sex marriage

    State Rep. James Tipton said last week that he is in favor of legislation sure to surface in the coming session that will give relief to county clerks uncomfortable with issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

    Tipton (R-Taylorsville), who represents Anderson County as part of the 53rd Legislative District, was reacting to news last week that a U.S. District judge ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who stopped issuing marriage licenses following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriages early this year, to begin issuing them immediately.

  • County fire department reignites cadet program

    After a long hiatus, the Anderson County Fire Department has reinstated a Cadet Firefighter Program and is accepting applications from boys and girls ages 14 to 18.

    The program, which is designed to offer high school students the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the firefighting profession, is a partnership with the fire department, Boy Scouts of America and the Kentucky State Fire Commission.

  • Warrant leads to man’s arrest on meth charges

    A man pulling into Florida Tile last Wednesday night was charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to a report filed by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Benjamin Wilson, 50, of 12701 Bethlehem Road, Bethlehem was stopped by Lawrenceburg police officer Clay Crouch on Florida Tile Drive in Alton.

    According to his report, Crouch found .4 grams of meth along with a meth smoking device, a snort straw and Suboxone strips while searching Wilson’s vehicle.

  • Hay baler destroyed Sunday in Jenny Lillard Road blaze

    The seemingly non-stop rain this summer has left farmers struggling mightily to get their cut hay dry enough to bale.

    For Beverly Hockersmith, became even harder Sunday afternoon.

    Hockersmith’s hay baler was destroyed by fire early when her brother-in-law, Marshall Hockersmith, was baling hay in a field she owns on Jenny Lillard Road, about 4 miles east of Lawrenceburg.

  • World War II vet celebrates birthday, visits Wall of Honor

    J.P. Disponett turned 92 years old this past Sunday.

    His family shared a collection of photos taken by Myles Young around the Fourth of July of him visiting the Wall of Honor at American Legion Post 34 in Lawrenceburg.

    His grandson, Chris Disponett, said J.P. is a veteran of World War II, during which he served under Gen. George Patton in the Third Army.

    Did he meet the famous general?

    “I’m sure he did,” his grandson said. “He’s told me a lot of stories about him, having seen him and whatnot.”

  • Fuel truck wreck forces evacuations in Alton

    The wreck of a tanker truck filled with 2,000 gallons of gasoline and 5,500 gallons of diesel fuel forced the evacuation of dozens of homes in the Alton area Tuesday morning as first responders worked to plug the leak and contain the spill.

    The truck was headed into Alton on Highway 151 when it veered off the road, traveled several hundred yards in front of at least four homes and struck a tree in front of a residence owned by Jerry Hughes.

  • ‘Barrels of boos’

    Are members of the Ripy family haunting the Wild Turkey Distillery?

    The Syfy channel will air an episode of “Ghost Hunters” on Wednesday, Aug. 26 in an effort to find out.

    Titled “Barrels of Boos,” the episode features Olivia Ripy, whose family founded the distillery, telling the “Ghost Hunters” team of strange occurrences during her years at Wild Turkey.

  • Scared parents call police as man staggers through trailer park

    Residents at the trailer park on Versailles Road called police early Tuesday morning, saying they were afraid to send their children out to school buses because a man was staggering around the streets.

    Police arrived and arrested Justin Whetzel, 30, of 112 Saffell St. and charged him with possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication.

    Officer Jamie Dunn of the Lawrenceburg Police Department said he found Whetzel seated in some weeds next to a phone poll.

  • City, paper team up for Sidewalk Days

    Remember back in the day when Lawrenceburg merchants would bring their wares out in front of their stores for sidewalk sales?

    Those days will return next month when the City of Lawrenceburg and The Anderson News present Lawrenceburg Sidewalk Days, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17 through Saturday, Sept. 19.

    The event will culminate with live music on Saturday, when Main Street will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.